Children with Cancer UK are raising £200,000 for the Beads of Courage UK oncology programme to support children who are going through difficult treatment journeys.
The Beads of Courage UK oncology programme helps children cope with cancer by awarding them a bead at every stage of their treatment. Each bead represents a different aspect of treatment. Collecting the beads during treatment gives young cancer patients the courage and motivation to undergo unpleasant or scary procedures, and it helps them feel proud for completing them.
Today, 12 families will receive the same devastating news that their child has cancer. Your donation will ensure every one of those children receives their own special beads to support their mental health, just as Lois’ beads helped her on her cancer journey.
Nothing could have prepared Lois for the way her life changed from the moment she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. The endless treatments and procedures meant she often experienced severe anxiety. She was scared –all her family were. That’s why her family is so grateful for the Beads of Courage UK oncology programme.
Collecting the beads had such a positive impact on Lois’ mental health during her treatment.
Lois received four rounds of intensive chemotherapy and whenever she was feeling particularly low the beads gave her strength to carry on. Sometimes, she’d feel extremely distressed at the thought of having another general anaesthetic, but looking at all the beads she had already collected really helped her. They showed her how brave she was, and that she could find that courage again.
Over 820 beads later, Lois is now in remission but many more children like her need your help today.
Every pound you donate today will fund this important support programme and provide strength to children like Lois who are going through an extremely difficult time.